Dear Remsen Families,
I hope that this newsletter finds everyone having a relaxing summer. Catching up with friends and family over the summer does much to help us recharge. Here, in the district, we have been very busy preparing for the upcoming school year. We have so many exciting programs and projects all happening simultaneously! The beginning of September will be met with many changes around the district.
Remsen has hired six new faculty this past spring and summer. Six teachers, one groundskeeper and one elementary principal will be joining our school community to start off the new school year. They all come to the Remsen family with diverse backgrounds and will no doubt add rich experiences to the lives of our students for years to come. We are thrilled to have them with us.
Some of our seasoned teachers have spent part of the summer months working on curriculum and instructional practices. I commend those teachers who willingly give of their time to plan and improve on their practice for the benefit of all of our students. We also have teachers who are attending professional development opportunities during the summer. There is no better time to hone your craft and continue an educator’s commitment to lifelong learning. Our faculty is the most dedicated and hardworking faculty there is. The commitment doesn’t end there. Our maintenance and custodial staff are in high gear preparing rooms for the return of teachers and students. They have had significant additional work because of the relocation of classrooms, either temporary or permanent, and have worked tirelessly to get the job done.
Remsen continues to improve our facilities through ongoing Capital Outlay Projects and our much-anticipated Capital Improvement Project. Now that we have received approval from the State Education Department we can anticipate breaking ground around the last week of August. Work will begin at the Jr./Sr. High School in the areas of the “Old Storage Building” and the 1958 Wing. This wing is where classrooms for art, agriculture, family and consumer sciences, guidance, business and technology are housed. Those classes will be temporarily relocated until work is completed in February. Students’ will be allowed to “find” their new classes during the last week of summer to help prevent any confusion on the first day of school. Luckily, we are a small district and students are easily able to navigate the high school without a problem.
The Remsen Board of Education has put the district’s needs as their primary interest and have been able to deliver the support we have needed to move forward. All possibilities begin with a vision of what can be.
Very Truly Yours,